Lapeña fired 641 Bureau of Customs officials and employees

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapeña sacked 641 Bureau of Customs officials and employees starting October 2017 due to corrupt practices. The Bureau of Customs is among the most corrupt agencies in government, an image that Lapeña wants to change. The figure is reflective of how massive corruption eats up the agency personnel. …

SC upholds 1-year martial law extension in Mindanao

MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has dismissed the four consolidated petitions seeking to halt the full-year extension of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao. SC spokesman Theodore Te announced the directive was issued following Tuesday’s regular en banc session of the magistrates. Voting 10-5, …

DTI Koronadal to build P36-m building

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines — Finally, a P36-million building will soon rise here to  house the  Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Koronadal, it is a dream come true. Elaine Ferolino, officer-in-charge regional chief administrative officer of DTI described the two-storey building as  “Customer and People friendly.” The DTI Koronadal rents a building for years now. …

Let’s take a trip to forever, the unfinished roads

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A day after President Rodrigo Duterte warned all contractors of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)  to finish all unfinished road projects in 30 days, netizens  rejoiced. The Newsline.ph  story,  inspired the readers who lost hope over unfinished road projects in their areas. Some shared photos. The forever roads …

Sandiganbayan convicts DENR exec for failure to name his wife

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — After less than a year of trial, prosecutors from the Office of the Ombudsman secured the conviction of Jacob Miemban, Jr., Director III of the Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). Miembran was convicted of Perjury and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials …

Plane crashes off Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — An airplane crashed off the coast of Sitio Landing, Barangay New Agutaya in the northern Palawan town of San Vicente on Sunday afternoon, February 4, 2018. The light aircraft which was chartered to transport live fish cargoes to Sangley Point, Cavite, had just taken off from the nearby San Vicente Airport …

falsification raps filed vs dismissed DOJ employees

DAVAO CITY, Philippines –— The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed a case of falsification against three former employees of the Department of Justice (DOJ) who were involved in the anomalous visa issuance  for  six Chinese Nationals. Facing charges are Cyruz Morata, Abvic Ryan Maghirang, and Shigred Erigbuagas, who admitted receiving huge amount in …

A thousand lumads rejoiced over government support while dozens bleed, cry for justice

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – While about  a thousand indigenous peoples from all over Mindanao  rejoiced inside the Eastern Mindanao Command gymnasium each time President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to  support to the tribe, a dozen held a rally at the gate of the army headquarters, crying for justice and condemning  government’s plan to develop the hinterlands. …

Duterte wants NHA to establish IP ancestral village

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants the National Housing Authority to establish a housing program for the indigenous peoples in Mindanao. Duterte gave the instruction to NHA General Manager Marcelino P. Escalada after his speech during the First IP Mindanao leaders summit inside the Eastern Mindanao Command headquarters in Panacan this city, Thursday, …